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Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae: a threat from the kitchen

Food is an established source of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Hand hygiene and cooking prevent transmission, but touching used cutting boards could recontaminate hands. ESBL-producing Escherichia coli were identified on 12% of cutting boards and 50% of gloves after poultry preparation, pointing to an important source for transmission.

Author: Tschudin-Sutter S, Frei R, Stephan R, Hächler H, Nogarth D, Widmer AF

Citation: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 May;35(5):581-4. doi: 10.1086/675831

Published: 19/05/2014

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology